Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, has slammed the Biden administration, calling the migrant crisis on the southern border “intentional”. That comes as no surprise to conservatives who see it as nothing but a political move, but so far, DeSantis is the first one to publicly call it out as such.
“Well, it obviously is a disastrous change in policy, Judge. If you look, Donald Trump had obviously the wall, which we all supported, but also safe third-party agreements, as well as ‘Remain in Mexico.’ And guess what happened? The border was under control. So they’ve gone back on those policies, and they’ve created this crisis. But I think that this is intentional. I think this is ideological. I think that they’re getting bit by this, politically now. But I think that this was something that they absolutely anticipated.” DeSantis said on Fox News.
“So it’s a disastrous way to start an administration,” he said. “I think most of the American people are going to be strongly opposed to this, and hopefully they’ll reverse course. You know, in Florida, though, we’re ready. When I became governor, we banned sanctuary cities, and we also did E-Verify. And so that’s not going to work in Florida, and hopefully, we can do those policies nationwide at some point. But there, Biden is going in the absolute wrong direction. Trump had it right at the border; Biden’s got it wrong.”
On the Fox show with Judge Jeanine Pirro, DeSantis was asked about his leadership during covid compared to that of Cuomo in New York. “Well, Judge, we just tried to look at the whole society. We wanted to look out for everybody,” DeSantis replied.
“We viewed this as a virus that was particularly dangerous for elderly people but not as dangerous for younger people, so we did the opposite on nursing homes: we banned hospitals from sending infected patients to nursing homes. We also did things like prioritize our seniors for vaccinations. But we had kids in school; it’s very important that they have the opportunity to go to school in person. We also saved the economy from collapse; our unemployment rate right now is 4.9 %. So we did all those things even with one of the most elderly populations in the country and our per capita COVID mortality is less than the national average and far less than lockdown states like New York, New Jersey, and Illinois.”